Who?: Atlanta Hawks (5th in the East) vs. Toronto Raptors (12th in the East)
What?: NBA Eastern Conference showdown (Game #61, Road game #33)
Where?: Air Canada Centre (Toronto, Ontario)
When?: Sunday April 16, 2012 – 7:00 PM (Eastern Time)
How?: Atlanta - SportSouth HD (TV), 680 AM & 98.9 FM // Toronto - Sportsnet ONE (TV), Sportsnet 590 AM The FAN
Projected Starting Lineups:
PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Kirk Hinrich | SF: Joe Johnson | PF: Josh Smith | C: Jason Collins
PG: Ben Uzoh | SG: DeMar DeRozan | SF: Alan Anderson | PF: Amir Johnson | C: Aaron Gray
Injury/Inactive Players Report:
Atlanta: Al Horford (left pectoral surgery), Zaza Pachulia (sprained left foot) and Willie Green (family issue) are out.
Toronto: Jose Calderon is day-to-day (swollen right eye); Andrea Bargnani (left calf tightness) and Jerryd Bayless (partially torn left oblique muscle) are out.
Current Records/Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold:
Records: The Atlanta Hawks are (35-25). The Toronto Raptors are (22-39) at home.
Streak: ATLANTA – OVERALL: Lost 1 / HOME: Lost 1 / ROAD: Won 1
TORONTO – OVERALL: Won 2 / HOME: Won 1/ ROAD: Won 1
Away/Home: The Hawks are (16-16) on the road. The Raptors are (12-19) at home.
Against .500 teams: The Hawks are (24-5) against teams under .500. The Raptors are (11-27) against teams over .500.
Atlanta Hawks: Cold. The Hawks were just dismantled and embarrassed by the Raptors yesterday in Atlanta 102-86 and have lost two of their last three games overall.
Toronto Raptors: Hot. While the season has been a disaster for Toronto on most fronts, they’re currently riding a two-game win streak. They shocked the Celtics in an 84-79 thriller on Friday night and are fresh off a 102-86 beat down over the Hawks in Atlanta yesterday.
Season/Past Season Series:
This is the fourth and final meeting between these two teams this season. The Hawks currently lead the season series (2-1).
The Hawks beat the Raptors the previous five games, spanning over the last two seasons, in the series but were destroyed by Toronto last night.
Atlanta is looking for redemption tonight as they square off with the Toronto Raptors for the second time in as many days after getting beat down 102-86 on Sunday.
These teams complete a home-and-home set Monday night as the Hawks wrap up their final road game of the season and try to erase the disgust that was last night from their memories.
Toronto was without the services of big man Andrea Bargnani (calf), combo guard Jerryd Bayless (oblique) and point guard Jose Calderon (eye) last night but were carried to victory on the back’s of three 10-day contract players such as little known Alan Anderson who scored 16 points in the match-up. DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 23 points.
For a team that’s fighting to secure home court in the playoffs, Atlanta played terrible on Sunday showing absolutely no signs of effort or energy against the Eastern Conference’s 12th seeded Toronto Raptors.
Joe Johnson had such a bad night I’m surprised he’s suiting up for today’s game. He failed to score double-digit points for the first time in 24 contests and only finished with seven points on 2-of-12 attempts overall.
The Hawks were horrid as a team collectively missing 17-of-22 shots from behind the arc. Josh Smith was the leading scorer for Atlanta with 26 points.
The only bright spot for the Hawks last game was Ivan Johnson. He’s back from injury and appears to be better than ever. He was the only player giving some kind of hustle and effort to Atlanta when no other player showed up to play.
Topics: Aaron Gray, Al Horford, Alan Anderson, Amir Johnson, Andrea Bargnani, Atlanta Hawks, Ben Uzoh, DeMar DeRozan, Ivan Johnson, Jason Collins, Jeff Teague, Jerryd Bayless, Joe Johnson, Jose Calderon, Josh Smith, Kirk Hinrich, Toronto Raptors, Willie Green, Zaza Pachulia